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“Shonen Jump” Manga Authors Pay Tribute to Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto

Following the end of Naruto’s 15-year run, various mangaka (manga authors) commented and paid tribute to Masashi Kishimoto in this year’s 50th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The series started its serialization in 1999 and lasted for 15 years after the final chapter was released on November 10. And to pay tribute to the global success of Naruto, the magazine’s contributors wrote their comments and congratulatory messages about the end of one of the most popular manga which also inspired them to create their own series, in one way or another.

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Masashi Kisimoto – Naruto

In accepting the final story, there are both happy and sorrowful (mixed feelings/a complicated mental state). Nevertheless, I’m able to speak clearly(/bluntly), thank you to all the readers. To the end, I truly thank you. Otsukaresama dattebayo!!

***Otsukaresama is a phrase to praise someone who is a hardworking, tired person as a form of appreciation for their job well done. As in you would say this at the end of the day to be like “Awesome job/Great work! You worked so diligently today! Have a rest!”.

Yusei Matsui – Assassination Classroom 

It’s been an honour to be present/witness to the end of great footprints. Masashi Kishimoto, truly, Otsukaresama Deshita.

Yuji Kimura – Garden

I ought to be able to commemorate and honor this issue of Weekly Shonen Jump by garnishing it with flowers. I await your thoughts/impressions.

Eiichihiro Oda – One Piece 

Both my friend and rival. Thank you for 15 years of cheerful/heartfelt serialization!! Kishimoto-san, Otsukaresama!!

Kohei Hirikoshi – My Hero Academia

Naruto was my youth (/springtime of adolescence) itself. Thank you for the greatest Shonen manga.

Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki – Shokugeki no Soma

During middle/junior high school, the work that (we) came across (by chance) is finally…! Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita! We both really agree! (followed by the author names)

Kawada – Hinomaru Sumo

Ever since the time I was a student, I really enjoyed (myself) reading it. I admired (you). Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Hideaki Sorachi – Gintama

When Shinobi pass by, as I expected, the wind/breeze was refreshing. Kishimoto-Sensei, A resounding farewell, dattebayo

Shuichi Aso – Flame of Saiki Kusunoki Takeshi

This week’s end of serialization, became an amazing (can mean dreadful) thing. (laughs) Kishimoto-Sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Haruichi Furudate – Haikyuu!!

I was very honored to have collaborated at Anime Festa. I’m always aspiring to be as cool/attractive/stylish as Naruto.

Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro – Toriko

Uooh! Kishimoto-san, for 15 years, truly Otsukaresama Deshita! Naruto, Thank you!

Naoshi Komi – Nisekoi 

To be witnessing/present for such a great conclusion of a serialization, I feel happy! Truly, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Daisuke Ashihara – World Trigger 

Closing one of Jump’s histories, Kishimoto-Sensei, a long serialization for 15 years, Otsukaresama Deshita.

Shinsuke Kondo – Juudouzu

15 years of Jump’s supporting and continued great undertaking. Respectfully from the bottom of my heart, Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita!

Ippei Goto – Hi-Fi Cluster

Kishimoto-sensei, for a while now, Otsukaresama Deshita. I ought to, and am honored, to be able to commemorate and be involved (with you) in this issue Weekly Shonen Jump.

Ryo Nakama – Isobe Iso Hyoe Monogatari 

To come after Naruto, as a young mangaka, Now, I’m fired up and dreaming/looking forward. I’ll also do my best.

Tite Kubo – Bleach

Kishimoto-san, Otsukaresama Deshita! Although I believe it’s been busy to finish up, For now, please rest well!

Osamu Akimoto – Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari Kouenmae Hashutsujo

Kishimoto-san, for 15 years of long serialization, Otsukaresama Deshita I await the comeback of your new work.

Yuto Kubota – Sporting Salt

Kishimoto-Sensei, Otsukaresamadesu. I have been reading since my childhood. I love Rock Lee!

Yusaku Shibata – Yoakemono 

Kishimoto-sensei, Otsukaresama Deshita. On your own, come back with a fresh start from training/learning. Thank you.

What are your thoughts about the finale of Naruto? 

(via OrganicDinosaur on Reddit)

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